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Organization

Signatories

A minimum of three signatory positions are required at all times. These positions shall hold no authoritative power over the party and serve only as party signatories on official documentation with the State of California. Effectively, these positions are merely labels that act symbolically but do not have any higher purpose nor carry any responsibility. Signatory positions serve 12 month terms, with inaugural elections taking place June 10th, 2017.

Rocket.Chat

  • #INTRODUCTIONS - This channel is the default location for all new members to be met by greeters. This channel also serves as a location for pinging members or groups of members for specific tasks.
  • #GENERAL - This channel is for all general discussions. Most party communications occur here.
  • #OPERATIONS - This channel is for technical discussions of active operations. This channel can also be used as a rlive chat while working on projects or hosting Jitsi Meetings.
  • #POLICY - This channel is for discussing the political structure of the California Pirate Party. Platform, values, organizational structure, policies, rules, guidelines, legal, finance, and everything under the sun.
  • #glap - This channel for the Greater Los Angeles Pirate Party local group.
  • #bay_area - This channel for the Bay Area Pirate Party local group.

Jitsi Meetings

There is always a 24/7 "rolling meeting" occurring inside Rocket.Chat. However, more formal meetings occur on a bi-weekly schedule. These meetings shall be referred to as Jitsi Meetings, the scope of which is only to provide a summary of recent activity and informational updates regarding future activity.

  • Jitsi Meetings take place on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7pm.
  • Agendas are to be crowdsourced using a collaborative Etherpad, then posted immediately to the website following each meeting.
  • Meetings are to be streamed Live on YouTube (responsibility for streaming shall be claimed within each Agenda)
  • Meetings are not to exceed 1 hour in length.
  • The #OPERATIONS channel shall serve as a live chat during meetings, the log of which can be copied and pasted into the Meeting's Etherpad.

Informal video chats may be initiated at any time by any group of members from the Rocket.Chat community using informal "shotgun rules". For these meetings, only the preservation of Meeting Minutes is required.

Operations

All members are equal and free to work on whichever task, project, or issue they choose within the party. Rocket.Chat labels are assigned to members individually to identify which areas they are most active in. Labels are the preferred method of delegating responsibility and the formation of formal committees is discouraged.

Flexibility is a key feature of Operations. California Pirate Party considers its methods of operation an ongoing experiment. With few rules in place to restrict membership actions there may be times when a particular endeavor is not succeeding as anticipated. Maintaining flexible operations allows members to collectively change directions with little hesitation. It is better to find what works rather than continuing down a failed path.

Local Groups

We prefer a decentralized approach whereby local groups operate independently underneath the larger CAPP umbrella. "All politics is local", and the technological notion of decentralization perfectly compliments this sentiment. Anyone can create a Pirate Party local group, there are no requirements or restrictions. One of the many roles of the California Pirate Party is to serve as an anchoring point for all local groups, CAPP's various communications outlets can be used to promote the activities of Pirates throughout throughout the State.

Active local groups in California: Greater Los Angeles Pirate Party

New Members

Active members of the Rocket.Chat community are assigned the label of greeter. Greeters are responsible for personally engaging each new member as they arrive. Greeters shall:

  • Assist new members in navigating our various platforms (Rocket.Chat, Github, MediaWiki, etc).
  • Explain the California Pirate Party platform, values, organizational structure, and method of operations (as necessary).
  • Identify useful resources, skills, geographic location, and time availability. New members should be directed towards the appropriate local group and are encouraged to introduce themselves and begin participating immediately.

Public vs Private

All party communication shall be considered Public unless specifically designated otherwise. Rocket.Chat in particular should be considered Public, but also any activity taking place over WordPress, MediaWiki, Github, Twitter, and Facebook.

For Private communications we recommend using Wire. Wire allows for end-to-end encrypted ephemeral group chat. There are many alternatives available, but upon weighing the various needs of Pirates we have settled on Wire.

Tools

Rocket.Chat

Our group chat is at chat.calpirateparty.org. You can use this link to login or register a new account with Rocket.Chat to join the conversation. (It's like Slack, but open source.)

Most of our activity takes place on the group chat.

Web.
You can access this using a web browser here: chat.calpirateparty.org
Mobile.
There is also a mobile app available (which will e.g. give you notifications when you are messaged personally). Use the Android app entitled "Rocket.Chat", not the one with a plus sign after it. (As of April 2017, the "Rocket.Chat+" app is not working.)


Wire

  • Wire is an encrypted chat app.

We recommend signing up online so that you are not required to provide a phone number. Then you may download the app for your smartphone, or continue using it via the web.

MediaWiki

This very Wiki (obviously you have found this).

  • For a simple and accessible introduction, see the "Cheatsheet"
  • For a full list of editing commands, see Wiki markup
  • To experiment with editing, use the sandbox
  • For a guide to editing, see How to edit a page
  • For a PDF, printable cheatsheet, download pdf
  • If you don't want to use wikitext markup, try VisualEditor instead

Etherpad

Github

Liquid Democracy

Liquid democracy / decision-making platforms we've been experimenting with:

Links

Website, E-Mail, Rocket.Chat, Github, Reddit, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook